Book Review – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton


I chose to go way out of my comfort zone for this month’s book review, and chose a  historical novel.

The Miniaturist was an amazing debut novel by Jessie Burton. The sense of time and place were astounding with minute details drawing me in to a completely different era and world in Amsterdam. Burton’s descriptions in scenes were powerful and evocative and fitting with the time period. At no point did I lose faith as a reader at this author’s accurate portrayal of the character’s story.

I admired the heroine, Nella, tremendously. She went from being a quiet, innocent girl at the start of her marriage to a woman in control. And believe me, she was faced with plenty of unimaginable challenges along the way.
Each character had a story to tell and themes ran deep in this book – I won’t list them all as don’t want to spoil the plot!

Throughout the entire novel was the hook of the miniature dolls house which was a mystery as much as the characters’ lives. The book had excellent chapter hooks which kept me reading late into the night and my only criticism was that the story sometimes left me drained and emotional. But I guess that’s what powerful story telling can do.

Jessie Burton is definitely an author to watch out for. I’m excited to what she’ll write next!

Next month, join us again when Jackie will be reviewing Jill Steeples’ Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off.

Helen J Rolfe.


4 thoughts on “Book Review – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

  1. I love a book that makes me happy but I also love one that leaves me emotionally drained … although I need to time when I read those as commuting, for example, wouldn’t be good for the latter! Thanks for the recommendation

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